I almost collapsed & # 39 ;: the moment an unemployed Today viewer misses a cash prize of $ 40,000 due to a technical problem
- The Mega-Cash-a-Roo Giveaway of the Today show gives viewers cash prizes
- Jenny Baker, 55, missed winning $ 40,000 due to a bad telephone connection
- The resident of Mackay currently has a retirement pension of only $ 120 per two weeks
- I almost collapsed, I cried my head, & # 39; she confessed
- Channel Nine said that Jenny can not receive the money because of the strict conditions
Daily Mail Australia Reporter
An unemployed woman with a carer's pension has missed the $ 40,000 cash prize from the Today show because of an unfortunate technical failure.
To win today's Mega-Cash-a-Roo giveaway, viewers have to call or text and in a daily code word and then wait for a live call from the hosts of the show.
If the lucky recipient picks up the phone within three rings and says: "I wake up with Today & # 39 ;, they win the prize money – which was as much as $ 40,000 this week.
Talk about bad luck! An unemployed woman with a carer's pension has missed the $ 40,000 cash prize from the Today show because of an unfortunate technical failure
After her name was read on the screen Thursday morning, Mackay resident Jenny Baker got a phone call on her cell phone and answered promptly and recited the winning sentence.
Due to a technical problem with the connection her words were inaudible and her call was quickly broken by producers.
& # 39; No, unfortunately it was not the words we needed, & # 39; said fellow anchor Georgie Gardner when the call was canceled. & # 39; So close but so far! & # 39;
Cash prize: To win today's Mega-Cash-a-Roo giveaway, viewers have to call a code word every day or text and then wait for a live call from the hosts of the show. Pictured: Tom Steinfort
When she told News.com.au on Friday, Jenny (55) said she was screaming & # 39; was after missing the money.
I almost collapsed, I cried my head, & # 39; she admitted.
& # 39; I was a mess all day, & # 39; she continued. & # 39; Forty thousand dollars. I do not work, I get $ 14 a week to take care of my mother as a caregiver, my husband was fired two years ago … Forty is huge for me. & # 39;
& # 39; So close but so far! & # 39; Due to a technical problem with the telephone connection, Jenny Baker was inaudible and then disconnected, leaving her $ 40,000 out of her own pocket. Pictured: Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner
I almost collapsed, I was taunting my head & # 39 ;: The 55-year-old Mackay resident told News.com.au that she lives on a carer's pension and needs the money. Pictured: Tony Jones
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a Channel Nine spokesman explained that despite the unfortunate failure, Jenny still did not qualify for the cash prize due to the strict terms and conditions of the contest.
We hope that our viewers win every day and we know that they all deserve the prize, but in order to ensure fair competition, we have to comply with the terms and conditions each time & # 39 ;, said the spokesman.
Viewers have three call bells to answer and must clearly say the words & # 39;I wake up with Today. "The hosts hear what the control room hears – if there is a somewhat stiff telephone connection and we do not hear the words"I wake up with Today"then we can not award the money.
& # 39; The hosts sadly heard a word – that's it. Had they heard it? [whole] sense we had found Jenny great to win the money. & # 39;
Bad luck: a nine spokesman explained that despite the unfortunate mistake Jenny still did not qualify for the cash prize because of the strict terms and conditions of the match